Camera Angles Eye-Level:
How to Get "Personal" With Your Audience!

eye level camera shot – Lawrence of Arabia

The eye-level camera angle is the most commonly used camera angle of them all! This angle is the "personal view" and shows the subject as we expect to see them in real life.

Here are some tips on how to use it...!


We see the eye-level camera angle in film and video all the time!

It is usually where the camera sets up if the other angles are not called for in the video production script. It is the "usual" or "standard" camera level of someone who is shooting while standing up.

Eye-Level Camera Angle Tip #1

* It is thought to be the "standard " angle because it is shot usually somewhere in-between 4 to 6 feet off the ground, which is the view that you would see if you are standing facing a subject or object at a normal distance away.

Unless the cameraman or videographer is very tall or very short he will be within this range if he shooting while standing at a normal distance from the subject that he is filming or videoing.

The Eye-Level Camera Angle… The "Real-World" View For Your Audience…

This angle is the most "common view", being the "real-world angle" that we all are used to seeing. It shows the subject as we would expect to see them in real life.

Eye-level shot – William Shatner Star Trek
Eye-level camera angle – Grace Kelly

Shot at eye-level the subject of the shot meets the camera, and thus the viewer, "eye to eye" or on "equal terms".

Unlike the high-angle shot, which makes the subject appear smaller or weaker or the low-angle shot, which makes the subject appear bigger or more dominant, the eye-level shot is a fairly neutral shot as far as impact and emotion.

This isn't always the most flattering view for filming or videoing someone but it's very workable and a good starting point.


How Is This Camera Angle Most Often Used…?

The eye-level view can be used to make the subject of the shot appear to be more “honest", "straightforward” or "friendly".

The eye level camera view can make the subject appear friendly or inviting

This camera angle is used a lot in the filming and videoing of interviews.

It gives the audience the feeling that they are sitting or standing right there along with the subject in the interview thus giving the audience the opportunity to be close enough to see the subjects facial expressions and mannerisms.

This goes a long way to helping the audience understand what's being said in the interview.

Using this camera angle let's the audience get a good look at the subject's eyes and facial expressions without the added emotion or impact of a high or low-angle shot.

As with all of the camera angles; the eye level angle can be used to set a mood or tone so viewers can better understand the emotional environment presented to them in the scene.

The eye-level angle is fairly neutral in impact and emotion and, of course, in a lot of scenes...that is what you want!

Keeping  your audience involved and "connected" with your characters by mixing in the proper camera angle for that particular scene makes for a much more interesting film or video. Just remember, when you shoot your scenes, to carefully consider these angles and how they will impact your viewer.

Eye-Level Camera shot Tip #2

And a Little Tip...

* Lots and lots of eye-level angle scenes can be boring after a while. Just make sure that you inter-cut with the other camera angles to spice up your film or video...!

Being creative with your camera angles can help you elicit the exact emotional response you want from your audience to your film or video...

Use them well!!

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Have fun...!  Dan

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